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Kazuya Fukuura hit a two-run homer while Kiyoshi Hatsushiba and Tasuku Hashimoto added solo blasts Sunday as the Chiba Lotte Marines downed the Nippon Ham Fighters 13-2 to snap a 10-game losing streak.

News photoChiba Lotte Marines starter Shunsuke Watanabe (second from left) celebrates with his teammates after snapping the team’s 10-game losing streak by beating the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters
13-2 on Sunday at Tokyo Dome.

Fukuura’s two-run shot off Nippon Ham starter Ryan Rupe highlighted a four-run second inning at Tokyo Dome.

The victory was a big relief for Bobby Valentine’s team, which got off to an impressive 7-2 start before going into a 10-game tailspin to fall into last place in the Pacific League standings.

Hawks 6, Lions 3

At Seibu Dome, catcher Kenji Jojima went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs as Daiei rallied to beat the Lions.

Buffaloes 6, BlueWave 0

At Osaka Dome, Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a two-hitter and improved to 4-0 on the season as Kintetsu downed Orix.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Dragons 6, BayStars 4

At Shimonoseki Stadium, Kazuyoshi Tatsunami and Motonobu Tanishige each drove in a pair of runs to lead Chunichi over Yokohama.

Carp 10, Giants 3

At Hiroshima Stadium, Shigenobu Shima hit a two-run homer, Takahiro Arai belted a grand slam and Andy Sheets added a three-run homer as the Carp completed a three-game sweep of Yomiuri.

Swallows 7, Tigers 6

At Jingu Stadium, Ken Suzuki went 5-for-5 and connected for a “sayonara” hit off Jeff Williams for his fifth RBI as Yakult edged Hanshin.

Saito off roster

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Fukuoka Daiei Hawks right-hander Kazumi Saito was removed from the active roster Sunday after suffering two straight losses following an Opening Day win this season.

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